After many years of sitting in the kitchen of our flat to paint, I now have a room all to myself. It isn’t big enough to wargame in, but it is big enough to store my kit and to paint in. My work colleagues, who get glimpses of it on Skype, call it the “Man Cave”.
How to fill up five bedrooms in four days
We have moved from a over stuffed two bed flat + garage to a five bed house on three levels. Given the amount of stuff we have, we managed to fill the new place instantly, to the considerable surprise of the moving guys.
My wife claimed the loft bedroom, with on-suite, for us. My wife also chose the small sunny room as her office. The girls got the two big bedrooms on the first floor. Currently one as playroom and the other as a shared bedroom.
That left the cold, smallest room. The box room. My wife was thinking “guest room” but I had other plans. To clear the living room I had to move my wargaming collection to somewhere else. And with no garage in the new house somewhere else meant a bedroom. So the box room has become my wargaming workshop and warehouse.
A portal to wonderland
As you can see from the first photo, it isn’t very big. 2.51m x 2.49m.
Painting on a chair, not a bar stool
The centre piece is a little painting desk under the window. It has a chair! You might not be impressed by this as I am. But, after 9 years of painting on a bar stool at the kitchen bench, a chair is a luxury. Truly a gift from the gods.
Stuff, lots of stuff, enough stuff to weird out the visitors
I have floor to ceiling stuff on the four walls – aided by some industrial metal shelving I got some years ago for £5. Some of our guests are surprised by how much wargaming stuff I have. Some of them are just weirded out by the fact I wargame at all; “You’re kidding me” was the response of a work colleague who visited last week.
Actually, truth to tell, my wife was also surprised by my wargaming collection. She never ventured out to the garage of the flat so never knew how many boxes I’d accumulated.
Most of the room is filled with Really Useful Boxes of various sizes. Painted terrain, completed armies, wargaming projects in mid flight, unpainted figures, board games, everything goes into a Really Useful Box. Then there are some rule book and my tool box.
The Wargaming Boards
It is a cool little man cave. But too small for a game. I currently plan to borrow the playroom to play in. My older daughter is cool with this as long as I don’t leave my stuff set up and prevent the real owners from doing their thing. Should be fine given my current infrequent gaming.
So, in between games, my wargaming boards are stacked next to the painting table. In an easy access, quick draw position. The spray painted cardboard sheets are what I use under my figures when I undercoat in black.
The semi-magical anti-children barrier
And, of course, a man needs protection from predators. In my case from small children.
Panorama of a tiny room
I tried a couple of panorama shots as well …